Children's Bible Quizzing

What is Children's Bible Quizzing?
Children's Bible Quizzing is a Bible study for children ages 6 through 12 (USA grades 1-6). It is important to help children know what the Bible says so they can demonstrate biblical teachings in real life situations. Quizzing also teaches children about God.

What books of the Bible do Children Study?
There are six books in the Children’s Bible Quizzing study series that have been specifically chosen for children to gain an overarching understanding of the chronology and meaning of the Bible.

Each Bible study not only helps children understand this chronology, but the people in each lesson come to life as children learn about their humanity and God’s plan to make all things new.   While God sometimes uses miracles to achieve His purposes, He often works in relationship with His beloved creation: people.

The following is a short description of each Bible study and how the studies interact with one another:

Genesis provides the foundation. Children learn how the world began and that God is the Creator. It explains what sin is and how it began. It introduces God's plan to reconcile the broken relationship between God and people. It introduces major Bible characters such as Adam, Eve, and Noah. The patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) are studied and introduced as the founders of the Israelite people. An oath and covenant between the Lord and Abraham in Genesis 15 becomes a major theme of the rest of the Bible study series. The Lord tells Abraham his descendants would become mistreated strangers in a foreign land. The Lord says He would redeem them and punish their captors. Genesis ends with God’s oath to Abraham unfulfilled.

Exodus details exactly how God kept His promise made to Abraham (Genesis 15) as He rescues the Israelites and bring them out of Egypt. The Lord chooses, guides, and mentors Moses to become His prophet and the human leader of the Israelite people. The Lord sets up His theocracy, or kingship, to lead and rule the Israelite people through the establishment of: worship (the priesthood and the Tabernacle), law (the Ten Commandments), and leadership (the role of prophet and judge) of the Israelite people.  Exodus ends with only a part of the Lord’s covenant (Genesis 15) completed.

Joshua/Judges/Ruth, the newest addition to the Children’s Bible Quizzing study series, details the completion of the Lord’s covenant in Genesis 15, with the Israelites conquering and settling into the land promised by the Lord to Abraham centuries before. The Lord is firmly established as the Lord and King of the Israelite people by prophets, priests, law, and practice of worship. The 12 tribes of Israel settle into their promised land. The lives of some of the Judges such as Deborah, Gideon, and Samson are studied.

1 and 2 Samuel show the Israelite people disillusioned with the Lord as their King, and their desire to have a king “like the other nations.” Samuel, Saul, and David are introduced. Children learn how Jerusalem became the center of Jewish religion. This study also prepares the children for the next study, the focal point of the entire study, Matthew.

Matthew is the focal point of the entire Bible study series. It focuses on the birth, life, and ministry of Jesus. All the previous Bible studies point to Jesus being the Son of God and the Messiah. The teachings of Jesus, His death, resurrection, and mentoring of His disciples usher in a new era to humanity. Children learn people can have a direct and personal relationship with God, through Jesus.

In Acts children learn how the “good news” of salvation through Jesus Christ comes to the twenty-first century. Jesus ascends to heaven, and the Holy Spirit is sent to help the Church. The gospel is being preached to the Gentiles, missionary work begins, and the message of God's love transforms both Jew and Gentile. Children learn the direct connection between the efforts of the Apostle Paul, Peter, and others to their lives today.

Children's Quizzing Study Cycle

Genesis (2013-14)
Exodus (2014-15)
Joshua/Judges/Ruth (2015-16)
*1 & 2 Samuel (2016-17)
Matthew (2017-18)
Acts (2018-19)
Genesis (2019-20)

* Indicates a World Quiz year.

What is the Philosophy and Purpose of Children's Bible Quizzing?
The philosophy of Children’s Quizzing is Bible study. It is important to help children know what the Bible says and help them demonstrate biblical teachings in actual life situations. The goal of Children’s Quizzing is for children to know the God of the Bible.

The purpose of Children’s Quizzing Bible study and competition is to help children:

• Desire to study the Bible.
• Get acquainted with basic Bible study.
• Grow in understanding of the overall chronology of the Bible.
• Learn that God is the central character and Hero of the Bible.
• Gain increased understanding of God as He is revealed in each study.
• Understand how people in the Bible interacted with God, and know how people today may do so also.
• Enjoy quizzing competition.
• Grow in the ability to reflect Christian attitudes and behaviors during competition.

In Children's Bible Quizzing, each child challenges himself or herself to reach award levels. In this approach, children quiz against a base of knowledge, not each other. The multiple-choice method of competition allows every child to answer every question. This approach makes it possible for every child to score a perfect score.

Is Competition Required?
No. Competition is an optional part of the Children's Bible Quizzing ministry. Each church and each child decide if they want to participate in a series of competition events.

All competitions are to be held in accordance with the “Children’s Quizzing Official Competition Rules and Procedures.”

In Children's Bible Quizzing, children do not compete against each other to determine one winner. Churches do not compete against each other to determine the top church.

Do All Children of All Ages Participate Together?
At the beginning of the quiz season, children in grades 1 through 6* (USA) may participate in Children’s Quizzing competitions. The quiz season generally follows the school year.

*Note: For countries other than the United States, grades 1 through 6 are generally ages 6-12.

There are two levels of Children’s Bible Quizzing.

RED Level is designed for first through third grade comprehension-level or for children 6 to 8 years old.

BLUE Level is designed for fourth through sixth grade comprehension-level or for children 9 to 12 years old.

Children may participate in either level. Seventh graders, regardless of age, participate in Teen Quizzing.

May Other Denominations Participate?
Yes. Churches from any denomination may participate in both official and unofficial competitions.

For more information about Children’s Bible Quizzing email Children’s Bible Quizzing Coordinator, at jmonteblanco@nazarene.org.

For additional information and resources visit the Children’s Ministries Connection.

To order Children’s Bible Quizzing materials visit www.gokidsquiz.com.

The first Children's Bible Quiz, created by Rev. William (Bill) Young, was introduced with three demonstration teams from the Kansas City District--Kansas City First, Kansas City St. Paul's, and Overland Park --at the 1968 General Nazarene Young People's Society Convention in Kansas City, MO.